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Sister Elizabeth Ann, a homegrown wall-of-famer

By Kathy Headley

Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor

6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778

Recently, Villa Joseph Marie High School in Pennsylvania held their annual Wall of Fame ceremony. So, what does this have to do with Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor? Well, one of our own was honored this year.

In the words of Sister Regina Marie, General Superior of the Sisters of St. Casimir, “We are happy to say that this year Sister Elizabeth Ann Yocius was honored for her nine years in the education ministry at Villa and her active involvement with student life. In addition to her years at Villa, Sister Elizabeth Ann has spent 40 years sharing her talents and creativity in Catholic elementary schools here and at Maria High School.”

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As you may remember, Sister Elizabeth Ann grew up here in Marquette Manor, attending Nativity BVM School and Maria High School. She has helped us out many times in our history segment with answers and interesting additions to our stories. Congratulations, Sister!

A Veterans Day memorial Mass and luncheon will be held at Nativity BVM Church, 2700 W. Lithuanian Plaza Court, on Sunday, Nov. 14, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by the Rev. Janius Kelpsas, pastor, and followed by a luncheon and limited open bar in the church hall. For more information, call Glen (708) 422-1736 or Darius (818) 635-2703.

Save the date for Monarca’s Second Annual Coquito Tasting coming up on Sunday, Nov 21 from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Early-bird tickets are $5 and can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-coqito-tasting-tickets-200609467317. Or purchase tickets at the door for $10 each. For more information, call (773) 701-5000.

Going down a couple more paragraphs, we’ll be talking about a Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood back in 1977. Dana G. mentioned how much she liked the egg rolls. That is the determining factor for me, and I found for many of you, when choosing Chinese cuisine.

So, before we get into our trip back to the 1970s, I’d like to mention a fairly new Chinese restaurant that opened here called Lex Chinese. It’s where Arden was for many years at 6207 S. Kedzie. I liked Arden and their egg rolls. Since the only thing separating Arden from the former Southwest News-Herald office at 6225 S. Kedzie was the SWNH parking lot, Arden was a favorite on Tuesday nights especially. Back then, the paper was “put to bed” (as you’ve probably heard said) on Tuesdays; so the lights stayed on later than usual in the office. Arden was a good choice for a late dinner.

Now let’s talk about Lex. They have remodeled the place very nicely. It’s clean and bright and modern-looking. Now for the ultimate test: tasting the egg rolls. I have never had an egg roll like this before. When cutting into the egg roll, instead of the inside being chopped up in small pieces, the meat egg roll was like a whole piece of chicken breast rolled up into the egg roll wrapper. No cutting corners here. If you like meat, this is the egg roll for you.

Next, I will try the vegetable one. The food is very good. I’ve had both the BBQ pork and the shrimp foo young so far. (Can you tell I’m a foo young person?) It’s a full menu with both traditional and new interesting choices. The prices are reasonable too. I can’t decide what to try next, but I know I’ll be back.

Last week, in our trip back to 1977, we decided to enjoy some Chinese food. So we headed over to 63rd and California. Wedged right between California Tap and Marquette Federal Savings Bank was our destination. Denise S. was the first to remember it as Hoo Tun. She rated their food as excellent. Dana G. said it was their egg rolls that kept her stopping back in. Andy F. mentioned the canopy extending out from the entrance to California Tap next door and the sign that said “Kilroy was here.” Remember that?

Well, when we meet again next week, it will be time to start shopping for our Thanksgiving groceries. Let’s go back to the 1950s/1960s. I saw some very good prices at the Certified store at 3140 W. 59th St. What is the name on the big sign as we walk in again?

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